Nanoindentation models and Young's modulus of monolayer graphene: A molecular dynamics study

XJ Tan and J Wu and KW Zhang and XY Peng and LZ Sun and JX Zhong, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 102, 071908 (2013).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4793191

We studied the nanoindentation of monolayer graphene by molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that the response of graphene to indentation is deflection dependent. In small deflection range, the response obeys point load model, while large-deflection indentation follows the sphere load model. Hence, we proposed to make sectional fittings and use different response models in different deflection ranges. In this way, a consistent Young's modulus is obtained that is almost independent of the size ratio of intender to graphene and the pretensions of graphene. The calculated Young's modulus is about 1.00 TPa, in good agreement with the experiments. (C) 2013 American Institute of Physics.

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